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“Low priority” prescription items include silk garments, minocycline, and gluten-free foods

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 28 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5034
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS England has launched a fresh crackdown on GPs’ prescribing of “low priority” items in a bid to save £70m (€79m; $89m) a year to reinvest in other areas.

A consultation launched on 28 November asks for views on restricting the availability of items such as silk garments and bath oils for treating eczema, as well as dronedarone for atrial fibrillation and minocycline for acne.

It also proposes switching prescriptions of some items, such as blood glucose testing strips and the needles used for pre-filled and reusable insulin pens, that are clinically effective but …

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